Single-segment speed run of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening done on February 2 2005. Available in low, normal and 60fps high quality. Please see SGB vs GBP at SDA for a timing accuracy note.
Author's comments: Single segment run on the original black and white version of Link's Awakening, no Save/Quit techniques used. Played on the SNES with a Super Game Boy.
This game is different from the DX version in a lot of different little ways. In a speed run, the biggest difference is the ability to quick skip unimportant text, which adds up over time. I have no idea what the exact amount of time you save is by doing the original version rather than DX, but I estimate it's anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes. Thanks to TSA and Maur for their help with the planning for this run. Since the completion of both of our runs, TSA and I have learned quite a few new tricks and could take our times even lower, by as much as a few minutes. The question is when we'll feel like it. Link's Awakening is my favorite Zelda game, and it's not difficult, but it's not a pleasant speed running experience. There are lots of random factors to take into consideration.
You know you're playing a game too much when some of the systems running inside the game start to become apparent. Would you believe I fully expected or at least half-expected every single Guardian Acorn/Piece Of Power drop?
The first four dungeons went fast, barring one jump I hate in Level 4. I slowed down a bit after that, but was still going fast enough and not making mistakes to merit this time. No "major" mistakes were made, but there were imperfections here and there, including being outside Mamu's place with 299 rupees, when I needed 300. Notice something I discovered; I was able to bypass the flamethrower guarding Level 8 without the Mirror Shield and without having to use Crazy Tracy's Potion. Note another glitch I discovered, on Level 3's miniboss.
This beats the current world record by around 25 minutes. The first half of the run is very strong, the latter half needs improvement. I may come back to this run sometime to use a couple tactics I wasn't aware of when I did this run (particularly a couple better dungeon routes), and simply to get a better performance, but this is very strong for a first submission.
Captured by <a href="http://www.metroid2002.com"/>Nate</a>.